North Bellmore’s Schary is a Trailblazer


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Lisa Williams Schary, of North Bellmore, earned the title of Legislative District 13’s 2018 Trailblazer honoree. Legislator Tom McKevitt chose her to receive the award for her accomplishments in the community.


Schary’s talents vary from being a Kindergarten through 12th-grade teacher to being an artist, singer, dancer, actress, mountain climber and paralegal. Her true passion, she said, is her love of nature and photographing it, and she is a dedicated environmental advocate.


Together with her husband Richard, Schary founded the Friends of the Massapequa Preserve, a non-profit organization which protects, cares for and conserves the Preserve’s 423 acres of undeveloped woods, ponds, lakes and fresh water wet-lands that is home to hundreds of plant and animal species.


Schary has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and educate residents about the preserve by sponsoring educational programs and producing and narrating an award-winning documentary on the preserve, which has been used in local schools and libraries.  She is a founding and current board member of the Friends of Norman Levy Preserve and the Friends of Tackapausha Preserve and sits on the boards of many additional environmental organizations including the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Transportation’s Scenic Bikeways Committee.


An avid hiker, Schary has been the dynamic force behind the creation of the Wantagh Nature Trail and Trailview State Park.  She has helped supervise over 30 Eagle Scout projects in the county’s parks and is also a graduate of the Nassau County Citizen’s Police Academy.


“I have known Lisa for many years,” said Legislator McKevitt. “She has served our community through these various organizations. It was my pleasure to honor her as District 13’s 2018 Trailblazer in recognition of all her accomplishments and achievements.”


–Brian Stieglitz